To flow or not to flow

This morning was an interesting one. I visited Lincoln University to have a good look at their facilities and to find out what opportunities there might be to work together. Once again I am quite struck by the facilities and possibilities that are often so hidden within the university world. There is no doubt that times are changing and universities are pushed to find not just other sources of income than the public sector funding, but also other areas of society that have an interest for what they do. This can only be a good thing – for students and universities because it brings them closer to ‘real life’ and for organisations and companies, such as the EGU, that have every chance to access knowledge and intelligence that the otherwise would not come anywhere near. This makes me think (again) about Finnish neuro-reasercher Matti Bergstrom and his book Neuropedagogy. One of Bergstrom’s thoughts is that schools should really be built in the middle of communities or towns where there is a constant flow of people in and out. Other central parts of the community such as the police station, the library, the supermarket etc should be natural parts of the school as wherever there is flow there is new ideas. Have you ever walked into a school building and had that feeling that there has not been a new idea there in at least the last 20 years?

There are of course companies and work places that give you that same feeling, not to talk about certain activities and sports. I am convinced that the more we bring things closer together the better it will be!

1 Response to “To flow or not to flow”

  1. 1 Philip Rowe September 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    If Europe were to offer golf programmes in association with universities then it would open great possibilities for young golfers. Not a replica of what goes on in the states but potentially something much richer would emerge. Richer in the sense that in many cases, both university institutions AND coaching structures in Europe are superior to any US counterpart besides the richness in culture that is found. I hope this is the direction to which the England Golf Director of Coaching is alluding?

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